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this is "world news tonight" the defense, lawyers for dr. conrad murray make their case about how michael jackson really died. out of the rubble. after the massive earthquake the race to find survivors in turkey, a woman buried for 18 hours saved today by her fiance. lifeline for homeowners. president obama makes an offer that could mean cash in your pockets. health revolution. questions about a dangerous virus and heart disease and cancer. and switched at birth. 12-year-old girls learned they grew up with each other family's by mistake and what they did teaches us all about the meaning of family love.
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good evening and a good new week to you. today three words that signaled a pivotal moment in the michael jackson manslaughter case, the prosecution rests. starting today dr. conrad murray and his defense team began to make the case it was the pop star, not his physician, who was to blame for his own death. abc's jim avila has been following every twist in this case and he was at the courthouse for us again today as the defense began. >> the people are prepared and would ask to rest. >> reporter: and it was a strong enough case for the judge to deny the first move of the defense case -- a motion to dismiss, order a not guilty verdict from the bench and send the jury home. judge michael pastor said no, ruling "that a reasonable jury could find the defendant guilty" in this. >> i think the prosecution case has been extremely strong.
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>> reporter: now the defense begins with new surveillance tapes showing dr. murray's bmw arriving at the jackson mansion at 12:50, and jackson's entourage ten minutes later. jackson family members watching again in the front row with reports that michael's most famous sister, janet, has postponed an australian concert tour to attend. here are the key defense witnesses they can expect to see. lapd detective orlando martinez testifying about what eyewitnesses said the day of jackson's death and how their story changed. randy phillips, the promoter of jackson's this is it tour, the defense wants to portray a jackson desperate to perform because his finances were a shamble. and dr. paul white, who the defense hopes will say that propofol is safe to use for sleep, and jackson could have self-injected the fatal dose of propofol. this afternoon, detective martinez, the first of the big witnesses, admitted that michael jackson's bodyguard, who testified in the prosecution case that dr. murray ordered him to hide propofol bottles, did not say that during his first police interview.
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>> did you ever hear mr. alvarez mention anything putting away vials for dr. murray? >> no. >> reporter: the defense strategy -- concede dr. murray's negligence, but deny that the propofol and sedatives dr. murray administered alone killed michael jackson. >> they're going to try to show demonstrably that propofol at the levels that they say were administered could not have caused the death. >> reporter: many legal experts believe the key connection of this case is whether or not dr. murray's mistakes led directly to michael jackson's death or did michael jackson do something with propofol or sedatives when dr. murray was out of the room. diane? >> jim, thanks. so the defense begins. we want to go on to your home and your money tonight with two reports starting with the crisis caused by all the houses at risk of foreclosure in this country. the states in red have the most homes in need of rescue. mortgage refinancing. and today the president unveiled
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a new approach. will this save the millions of americans with homes underwater? here's abc's jake tapper. >> reporter: jan dunsmore has been pulled down by the undertow of the housing crisis. her florida home is worth $250,000. her mortgage, $300,000. and the economy has hurt her income, so most of what she e n earns goes to pay her mortgage. she and her daughter, kristen, who moved home after college are barely making ends meet. >> i figure we're in it together and i'm here for the long haul. >> reporter: they're so underwater the bank will not even talk to them about refinancing with them putting an additional $40,000 on the table. >> we did try a couple of times to do things and the runaround we got from the bank was horrific. >> reporter: today, in las vegas, ground zero of the housing crisis, president obama announced he was changing his under-performing housing assistance plan, making it easier to qualify to refinance
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you mortgage. even if your loan is for more than 125% of the current value of your home, as long as you haven't made any recent late payments. >> you take these things together. this is going to help a lot more homeowners refinance at lower rates. >> reporter: but the plan could help some people. housing secretary sean donovan says dunsmore and her daughter will likely qualify. and could save $3,000 next year. the crisis has continued to drag the economy down. >> the housing programs that he announced that day have not delivered the way that he pledged that they would. why not? >> frankly, we've taken a situation that was a housing market falling off a cliff. there's no question that it's better than it was and we've helped. but i think where you're being fair is they haven't gone as far as we had hoped. >> reporter: critics say it will be modest and not help as many
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people as it should, for instance, those who have been hit the hardest and missed payment, for example, the white house says roughly 11 million americans are currently underwater meaning that their homes are worth significantly less than their mortgage. diane? >> 11 million. what a number. okay, jake, thank you. we do have a second report tonight on your money and your bank. a backlash under way tonight. americans fighting back against those new fees being imposed by so many of the big banks. abc news has learned that a growing number of their customers are withdrawing money closing accounts taking their business elsewhere. where is that and how much does it save? abc's matt gutman is in kansas city, missouri. >> reporter: as the occupy wall street movement clamors on, another movement is silently on the march across the country. since bank of america announced
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its new $5 a month debit fee last month, credit unions and community banks across the country are seeing an explosion of new memberships. in miami karen jackson, a middle school pta president, pulled the plug on their chase account and came here, to the miami-dade credit union. >> the more fees the more fees and, you know, we just felt like we couldn't take it anymore. >> reporter: jackson says she's now saving the pta $250 a year, and what percentage of it would you say was disgust and what percentage was the fees? >> i'd say 80% was disgust. >> reporter: that disgust has sent deposits pouring into this chicago credit union. >> in october we're on pace to go about 40% above that in new checking account and debit card activity. >> reporter: where's the business coming from? from bank of america. right next door. the national association of credit unions says traffic on its website is up a whopping 350%. the nation's largest credit union welcomed thousands of new customers just last week, a threefold spike in new checking accounts over this time last year. and on facebook over 60,000 have rsvp'd to move your bank day. and you might remember molly
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katchpole, so frustrated with bank of america's $5 fee, she started a petition demanding it be repealed. now she's got 300,000 signatures and a call from a bank executive. >> they're trying to be more transparent in their fees. that's their explanation, but what i'm hearing is that it's still a new fee. >> reporter: some argue the process is too arduous. for that there now so-called switching agents who make the process virtually a click away. we accompanied adrian byrnes to see just how long it takes to make the switch. >> and thank you for coming in. >> reporter: turns out, only 12 minutes. the banks say they won't know whether they lost customers until early next year. and here's what has banks really concerned, diane. according to, the folks most likely to bolt to credit unions like this in kansas city are not the poor, but folks making $75,000 or more a year, the very folks big banks depend upon for profit, diane.
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>> all right, matt, thanks. 12 minutes to switch. we head overseas to turkey where rescuers are in a race against time scanning the rubble for signs of life in the aftermath of that 7.2 earthquake and this is what it looked like at the moment of impact. this is inside an apartment building. you can see everything was moving. there was chaos in the streets. survivors searching for their loved ones with everything they had. abc's alex marquardt followed the dramatic stories. alex? >> reporter: diane, it's been a frantic and emotional scene out here today. rescue workers, townspeople all working together to help find survivors. they tell us they still have hope but that time is running out. in van a city of 500,000 people the destruction is limited to a few blocks but it's totaled. buildings collapsed into unrecognizable piles of steel and concrete. everywhere we looked people were
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digging. some were saved including this woman trapped for 18 hours saved by her fiance who raced 60 miles tracking down her location from friends and convincing a crew to dig. this man crawled into a tiny space in this collapsed apartment building going down and deep as he could. they still think there's five or six people still buried. it's not just the professionals but regular people digging with their bare hands doing whatever they can to help. this man told us his daughter-in-law is missing somewhere beneath us. are you still hopeful you'll find your daughter-in-law alive? "god inspires us," he told me "not to lose hope." a man knelt in silent prayer and search and rescue operations were occurring in a nearby city too. "economy nephew, his wife and
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island, all three dead," this man said. people have been rescued up to two weeks after major quakes like this man in haiti but those miracles are all too rare. temperatures are dropping to freezing tonight and thousands are spending the night outside either unable or too afraid to go indoors. a short while ago i spoke with a turkish man who said please tell everyone we need help. diane? >> and those cranes still digging tonight. now the news from libya. today we learned moammar gadhafi is expected to be buried tomorrow. in a secret location. an unmarked grave after thousands of libyans filed through to see his corpse. his son saif sent a message that he is still in hiding in libya and wants to continue his father's fight. and in tunisia where the arab spring began more than 90% of voters turned out for that nation's first democratic election. a moderate islamist government has claimed victory and sources in the u.s. government say they
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are watchful and hopeful. and back here at home, new insight tonight into steve jobs. last week apple honored the intensely private icon with an intensely private ceremony. apple employees only. and now a new book based on hours of interviews with jobs in the months and weeks before he died is shedding new light on his world, his past and the parents who helped shape his destiny. here's "nightline" anchor bill weir. >> reporter: if his birth parents had kept him, steve jobs would have grown up in green bay, wisconsin. and if the couple at the top of the adoption list had kept him, he would have been raised by lawyers. >> except that when i popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. >> reporter: instead fate placed jobs in the hands of two high school dropouts in what would become silicon valley. but geography was only part of his destiny and as he told his biographer, walter isaacson, those adoptive parents helped mold his mind from the start. >> the girl across the street
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said, "oh, you were adopted, that means your parents didn't want you," and paul and clara jobs said, "no, no, no, you don't get it. we picked you out specially." and emphasized every word. >> reporter: that sense of being special only got stronger the day he realized he was smarter than his father. but his dad knew it too and when he would get in trouble at school, his parents blamed the school. so steve jobs came of age believing that rules didn't apply to him. ♪ a revolution >> reporter: hardly a unique impulse in the '60's, but dropping acid, he said, opened his creative mind. finding himself in india taught him the power of intuition. and his first foray into business? selling a gadget that could trick the phone company into making a free long distance call. as he described in the film, his eyes still lit up at the thought of their mischief. >> woz and i figured out how to build one, we built the best one in the world. the first digital blue box in
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the world. >> reporter: so the most successful capitalist of our time started as a hippie hooligan and stayed a buddhist rebel. but none of that might have mattered without those two high school dropouts. a mom and dad who took him in, gave him love and convinced a worried boy that he was special. in a most amazing twist of fate his biological father actually ended up running a restaurant in silicon valley and the two met unwittingly but still steve jobs had no interest in what he called his sperm donor even though he later went on to abandon his first daughter for a few years. they made peace. it's a sometimes brutal portrait of a very complicated man a little close to the mourning period for his family and close friends but people really want to know about this gentleman. >> his infinite complexity and i know you'll have a lot more surprises about him tonight on "nightline." be sure to watch. still ahead here on "world news," a health revolution, a virus linked to one form of cancer now questioned in other
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expected, cancer in men. phile keane doesn't smoke, he's a picture of health, a professional photographer, married 21 years. one day while he was shaving, he noticed a lump on his neck. >> it was stage four throat cancer. >> reporter: what went through your head? >> i was thinking about all the things i had missed out on or that i didn't do with my children and my wife. >> reporter: phil's case is one of 6,700 hpv positive throat cancers this year, a number that's increased dramatically over the last decade. they think men may be getting it from women, through oral sex or other forms of close contact. there is a vaccine against hpv but it is controversial. despite recommendations, only 50% of girls have gotten it. are we missing a really big opportunity here for prevention? >> these vaccines are very important. they're as important as polio andd rubella and mumps and all the other vaccines that young kids receive. >> reporter: now, the cdc is about to weigh in, should boys get the vaccine, too? >> i think they'd be crazy not
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to. i think you've got to vaccinate your kid now. you know, with what the information that's out there, it's just you don't want them waking up in 20 or 30 years and finding out they have stage four throat cancer. that's where i am now. >> such a wake-up call. you were saying not just cancer but heart disease. >> that's right, diane. a new study out today for the first time linked that between heart disease in some women. if this holds up in the additional studies this could open a door for a new way of preventing one of our biggest killers, heart disease. >> i know how you feel about this. in your own family you had your son get this vaccine. >> after i met my son vaccinated both. >> check out more of this online. thank you, rich. fraud coming up next. an investigation revealing that the fish you think you're ordering might be something else. the problem? right here.
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and finally tonight two families faced with an agonizing dilemma after discovering that their 12-year-old daughters had been switched at birth. so what did the mothers who raised them decide? a lesson in family now from abc's andrea canning. >> reporter: for 12 years this was the only mother irina belyaeva had known. just a few miles down the road, this was the only family anya had known. but then a secret was revealed. it turns out irina and anya were accidentally switched at birth. the astonishing discovery was made after a judge ordered a paternity test because irina's father suspected she wasn't his child. he insisted she looked nothing like him. dna tests proved he was right. looking back, irina's mother remembered in the hospital there was another woman in labor at the same time as her. it turns out the babies were given the wrong name tags and sent home with the wrong parents.
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it's a story echoed a world away by the families of two babies from oregon who were switched at birth 58 years ago, deann engle and kay reid. >> i was born may 3rd, 1953. >> i was born on may 3rd, 1953. >> reporter: growing up each girl looked nothing like the rest of their family. deann was the lone blond in a family of dark hair and brown eyes. now take a look at that family photo if we place kay, a brunette, in the picture. over the years there was second guessing. they reflected with diane on "good morning america." >> you grew up cracking your gum in a weird way. >> oh, yeah. >> and nobody in your family did that. >> no, they were real quiet. >> but suddenly you meet deann's family and -- >> gum crackers. >> reporter: one of kay's friends noticed she was the spitting image of the sibling in the engel family. tests weren't even necessary. instead, the women had no doubt
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and the families embraced one another. it is the same story for irina and anya. they are now best friends. both girls want to stay with the families that raised them, a powerful bond that will not break because of a mistake in the past made 12 years ago. andrea canning, abc news, new york. >> more people to love as family. and we're so glad you're with us on this monday. we're always on at and don't forget "nightline" along later with bill weir and we'll see you right back here tomorrow. i hope have you a wonderful night till then. good night. [ speaking french ]
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